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2014/2015 CALENDAR 


May 17-28, 2015
Study Abroad Trip to China

May 26, 2015
Moving Day

Infinite Possibilities Exist at
The Gatton Academy!

We're not typical high school students. Our junior and senior years are spent at Western Kentucky University taking college classes in math, science, and lots of other subjects. While many students are looking for their locker combination, we're searching for alternative fuels and a cure for cancer. We don't have an 8 a.m. bell or homeroom, but we'll finish high school with over 60 hours of college credit. Our home on campus is Schneider Hall, an awesome place to live and learn with friends. Best of all, as a student at the Gatton Academy, tuition, housing, and meals come at no cost to us or our families.


The Latest News from The Gatton Academy

61 Students Graduate in The Gatton Academy's Class of 2015

gradOn Saturday (May 16), 61 students representing 37 counties from across Kentucky were recognized during The Gatton Academy's eighth graduation ceremony in Van Meter Hall.


Gatton Academy Team Competes in 2015 National Science Bowl

nsbSeniors Brian Carlson, Ben Guthrie, Paul Hudson, Ben Riley and junior Rohan Deshpande were members of the team who traveled to Washington, D.C. to compete at the 25th National Science Bowl.

Dimitri Leggas Named 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar

leggasDimitri Leggas of Lexington, a senior at The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, was announced as a 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.


FSHOn Wednesday (May 6), The Gatton Academy and WKU announced a gift from Carol Martin "Bill" Gatton to expand Florence Schneider Hall.


The Washington Post Lists The Gatton Academy as a Top Performing School for 7th Consecutive Year

gattonThe Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has been named to Jay Mathews of The Washington Post's list of top-performing schools with elite students for the seventh consecutive year. 

Vir Patel, William Roach-Barrette and The Gatton Academy Honored at Tech Day in Kentucky Awards

tdOn March 24, senior Vir Patel earned the Secondary Student Technology Award, alumnus William Roach-Barrette earned the Post-Secondary Student Technology Award, and The Gatton Academy earned the Secondary Educational Institution Technology Award. 

Gatton Academy Juniors Take ACT, Seth Marskberry Earns a Perfect Score

sethThe Gatton Academy’s Class of 2016 took the ACT in March and the scores have now been reported. The Class of 2016 recorded an average ACT composite score of a 31.77 on the March test, which is an increase of 1.22 points from their previous average of a 30.55.

4 Gatton Academy Students Win NSLI-Y Scholarships

indiaMeredith Bickett, India Blasser, Sam Booth and Rena Ryumae earned National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarships for the summer of 2015. 


3 Gatton Academy Students Earn Awards at Science Fairs

erinErin Burba, a senior from Paducah, and Amanda White, a junior from Louisville, were recognized at the Louisville Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Rena Ryumae, a senior from Union, won awards at the Science and Engineering Fair of Northern Kentucky.

60 Students Are Selected to The Gatton Academy's Class of 2017

gattonThe selected students represent 39 counties from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and scored an average composite of 30.82 on the ACT and 30.58 on the mathematics portion of the exam. 

Gatton Academy Team Advances to 2015 National Science Bowl

science bowlSeniors Brian Carlson, Ben Guthrie, Paul Hudson, Ben Riley and junior Rohan Deshpande were members of the winning team that will now advance to the National Science Bowl, which will take place in Washington, D.C. on April 30-May 4.

11 Gatton Academy Seniors Named National Merit Finalists

gattonOn February 13, 2015, the National Merit Scholarship Program announced their Finalists.  The 2014-2015 National Merit Finalists from The Gatton Academy are Meredith Bickett of Owensboro, Andrew Brown of Central City, Benjamin Guthrie of Bowling Green, Cameron Hubbard of Louisville, Dimitri Leggas of Lexington, John Meyers III of Lexington, NaKeya Owens of London, Valerie Richmond of Bowling Green, Benjamin Riley of Louisville, Rena Ryumae of Union, and William Walters of Lexington.

The Gatton Academy's Director Attends Cooke Foundation Summit

lbDr. Lynette Breedlove, Director of The Gatton Academy, joined school leaders and experts from across the country last week at a two-day summit located outside of the nation’s capital to identify solutions to close the excellence gap—the troubling disparity in academic performance between lower income and higher income students at advanced levels. 


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The Gatton Academy Blog (

Several of our Academy Avatars, the official ambassadors, post blogs throughout the year, detailing events from move-in to graduation and many events in between.

Important Information

The Gatton Academy will be moving to Bates Runner Hall on Tuesday, May 26 due to the Florence Schneider Hall expansion.

We hope to have access to all phone calls, however if we do not answer, please leave a voice message and as soon as we have access to the phone lines, we will return your call.  If you have any immediate concerns, please email

What is Life Like as an Academy Student?


There's nothing quite like experiencing the unique environment of the Gatton Academy first hand. For that, we host several Preview Weekends throughout the fall and winter. As you begin to explore the Academy as an educational opportunity, why not check out our admissions video? Gatton Academy students and staff members share their experiences with the program as we outline academics, student life, research, and admissions.

Contact The Gatton Academy

The Gatton Academy
1906 College Heights Blvd. #71031
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1031
Phone: 270.745.6565
Fax: 270.745.2987


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